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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
 
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May 14, 2018:
Paralegal Day

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Paralegal Member Spotlight: Teresa Scharf
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PACO General Membership Meeting

Thanks to all who came to the General Membership meeting or participated remotely on Monday! Our guest speaker, Melissa Linville of Legal Aid, shared some helpful and interesting information about opportunities in which paralegals are welcome to volunteer to help bring legal services to low-income clients. If you missed the meeting and would like to learn more, please contact me at president@pacoparalegals.org or Melissa directly at MLinville@columbubslegalaid.org. Thanks, Melissa, for sharing about Legal Aid with us!

Thanks also to Britton and Associates for providing lunch, and also our gratitude to Anderson Reporting for providing the livestream access.

Paralegal Day – Monday, May 14, 2018

PACO’s annual Paralegal Day celebration is less than a month away! If you have not already done so, please be sure to register to attend. This year’s luncheon will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Graystone Wine Cellar in the Brewery District. The cost to attend is $15.00, and seating is limited, so please click here to register at your soonest convenience.

Career Building Event – Columbus State Community College

PACO’s Student Liaison Committee will be participating in the annual Career Building Event at Columbus State Community College on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Columbus State Conference Center, 315 Cleveland Avenue, 3rd Floor, Columbus, Ohio. The SLC Committee will be hosting an Attorney Panel Discussion followed by a presentation with Mary Beth Schmidt of The Gnoesis Group. Simultaneously during the presentations, the SLC Committee will be assisting the paralegal students of CSCC with résumé reviews and mock interviews.

NFPA

Your Primary and Secondary Representatives are preparing to attend the 2018 Joint Conference combined with the Region III Spring Meeting. These meetings will be conducted later this month in Lexington, Kentucky, hosted by the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association (“GLPS”).

If you have questions or topics that you would like to have discussed, please contact PACO’s NFPA Primary Representative, Brittany Hays, via nfpa@pacoparalegals.org, or PACO’s NFPA Secondary Representative, Callie Kessler, at CKessler@reminger.com. Brittany and Callie serve as liaison for PACO to the NFPA. Also, you may log onto NFPA’s web site (https://www.paralegals.org) for additional information and to stay apprised of the benefits available to you through your membership with NFPA – another benefit of your PACO membership.

In Addition

You are welcome and encouraged to attend CBA events such as CLE and/or CBA committees. As part of your membership with PACO, you are also an associate member of the CBA so be sure to check out information that is distributed via e-mail from the CBA. Click here to view a complete calendar of committee events and CLE programs.

Ohio Statewide Alliance

An additional responsibility that our NFPA Secondary Representative manages is as PACO’s Statewide Representative. This Saturday, April 14, 2018, Callie Kessler will be hosting the Statewide Alliance meeting here in Columbus. The Statewide Alliance is comprised of PACO, the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (“CAP”), the Cincinnati Paralegal Association (“CPA”), the Paralegal Association of Northwest Ohio (“PANO”), plus paralegals from Akron and Dayton. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Callie at CKessler@reminger.com.

PACO 2018 Awards of Excellence

PACO annual awards are to recognize excellence in an individual Paralegal who demonstrates to the community their strengths and commitment in the profession and to PACO. This year PACO will also recognize an award of excellence for a Sustaining Member of the Year and a Law Firm/Legal Department of the Year. Be sure to submit your nominations with a written one-paragraph submission showing specific examples as to why you have selected the individual, sustaining member, or law firm/legal department as your nomination to president@pacoparalegals.org no later than April 27, 2018. The form can be accessed via this link: www.pacoparalegals.org/documents/PACO-Award-Ballot-2018.pdf

The awards will be presented at PACO's Paralegal Day Celebration on Monday, May 14, 2018.

Also, we will be recognizing paralegals on Paralegal Day for their years of service to the profession. If 2018 marks your 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, or 30th year (or greater, in 5-year increments) as a paralegal, please send an e-mail to president@pacoparalegals.org and provide your name, the year you began working as a paralegal, and your current place of employment.

Office Management / Human Resources

The CBA’s series on the fundamentals of office and human resources management courses are taught by employment law attorneys and human resources professionals, and are CLE Easy Pass eligible. Please share this information with your office managers and attorneys. For more information, please click here.

PACO Job Bank

PACO’s Job Bank provides employment opportunities and information for you. If you wish to post a new offering with us, please visit http://www.pacoparalegals.org/job_bank.html or contact Jaime Warner at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Andrea Enderle – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President (asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Jaime Warner – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)


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